Speech and language therapists are based across Hambleton and Richmondshire and provide a service at health clinics. We also offer visits to see children in nurseries, playgroups and at schools.
Services are provided Mondays to Fridays between 9am-4.30pm.
Early years services
If your child is under five years old and you are worried about his or her speech, language and communication/ eating and drinking development you can come along to a drop-in clinic.
Click here to download our drop-in clinic dates.
There are a variety of options available for school-aged children who have problems with their speech, language, communication and/or eating and drinking. If you’re worried about your child, you can:
- Refer your child directly by contacting us or completing and sending us the referral form;
- Speak to a health visitor, school nurse, GP or paediatrician who may refer your child to our service;
- Speak to staff in your child’s school who may refer your child to our service.
If you are a member of teaching staff referring a child on behalf of parents or carers, you may, with the signed consent of the parents or carers with parental responsibility, complete and send us the below professionals referral form.
- Speech and Language Therapy Referral Form
- School age referral guidance (Reception)
- School age referral guidance (KS1)
- School age referral guidance (KS2)
- School age referral guidance (Secondary)
- School age referral guidance (attention and listening)
- School age referral guidance (speech development)
- Speech Screening Tool
Specialist speech and language therapy
If your child requires more specialist help, your community speech and language therapist will refer you to a specific service. These services include
- The Child Development Centre, Northallerton
- Alverton Early Years Enhanced Mainstream Provision
- Specialist Stammering Service, Northallerton or other local base
- Specialist Voice Service, Northallerton or other local base
- Special Schools Service, Mowbray School, Bedale, and The Dales School, Morton on Swale
- Afasic – a charity which helps young people with speech and language difficulties and their families. The website has a message board where you can chat to other families, and provides free download sheets on a range of diagnoses.
- British Stammering Association – a first point of contact for information and support on stammering and stuttering.
- I CAN – a children’s communication charity working to support children with communication difficulties.
- Makaton – information on Makaton signing, resources and training, as well as a forum for Makaton users to share their experiences..
- Talk To Your Baby – this Literacy Trust initiative contains free, downloadable parent information leaflets about early interaction.
- The Communication Trust – this coalition of 50 voluntary and community organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication provides films to help parents encourage their children’s communicative development.